PITTSTON — Fire displaced a family of five after flames engulfed their three-story home Monday afternoon.
The fire at 310 Tedrick St. erupted just before 3 p.m.
Fire Chief Jim Rooney said occupants, whom he identified as the Booth family, were not at home when the fire started.
Luzerne County property records identify the property owners as Sidney Booth and Maryann Wylam.
Alyssa Nelson, who lives across the street in Pittston Township, said the family has three children, all under 5 years old.
Ron Cabelly, who lives nearby in Pittston, said he arrived on the scene before firefighters. He was unable to get into the house to check to see if anyone was inside because of the intensity of the fire. Cabelly, who was a firefighter at Dover Air Force Base, said flaming pieces of the structure were blowing out onto the road.
“The way the wind was blowing when it first started, I couldn’t get in,” Cabelly said. “I haven’t seen something go up that fast in years.”
Devon Vaow, who lives about a block away in Pittston, said he saw smoke from his house and walked to the scene. He said the whole house was in flames within five minutes.
Cody MacDonald of Pittston said the entire rear side of the house was “engulfed in a blaze” and power lines singed by the fire were sparking, as vehicles tried to drive by.
Rooney said damage to the home was significant and a state police fire marshal will investigate the cause and origin today.